Police log 10/30

October 30, 2000

Police log 10/30

Fire damages camper

SMITHSBURG - A late-night fire Sunday just across the Washington County line in Frederick County, Md., heavily damaged a small camper and killed a pet dog, according to Maryland fire marshals.

The fire, which caused $2,500 damage, was ruled accidental, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Sarina Hart. An electrical malfunction has been blamed.

The 11:49 p.m. call was for 13122 Brandenburg Hollow Road, where the tow-behind camper belonging to Robin Lewis was parked.

Smithsburg and Wolfsville firefighters spent 15 minutes bringing the fire under control.

5 arrested on drug charges

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Chambersburg Police arrested five people on various drug-related charges after conducting a reverse sting operation over the weekend, police said.

An undercover police officer posed as a crack dealer and sold a look-alike substance in the 400 block of Hollywell Avenue Saturday and Sunday, police said.


Police arrested the following people:

- Allen W. Bowers, 28, of Waynesboro, Pa., on a charge of attempting to possess a controlled substance.

- Kathy Van Hart, 21, of Shippensburg, Pa., on a charge of attempting to possess a controlled substance.

- Austin Leiter, 22, of New Bloomfield, Pa., on charges of attempting to possess a controlled substance, conspiracy to possess a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

- Charles Hall, 34, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., on charges of attempting to possess a controlled substance, conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

- Timothy Nutshell, 36, Shippensburg, Pa., on a charge of attempting to possess a controlled substance.

Building hit by paintballs

The J. Louis Boublitz District Court building, a week away from opening for business, was hit by vandals late last week.

At least 20 yellow paintball spots were discovered on the Antietam Street side of the building from street level to roof, Hagerstown City Police said.

Necklaces grabbed

A woman walking in the area of 30 E. Memorial Boulevard near the parade route Saturday night said two men grabbed necklaces from around her neck and fled.

The total loss was $490, Hagerstown City Police said.

Man robbed of wallet

A man told Hagerstown City Police he was robbed of his wallet by knifepoint early Saturday as he was sitting on his porch in the 100 block of East North Avenue.

He said another man approached him about 12:30 a.m. and asked for directions. The man then pulled out a knife and took the wallet, which contained $45.

Purse stolen at bar

A patron at The Venice Inn on the Dual Highway reported Sunday that her purse was taken from the bar while she was on the dance floor, Hagerstown City Police said.

The contents of the purse were worth $100.

Incidents reported to police

The following incidents were reported to Hagerstown City Police Monday and Tuesday.

- A resident at 63 Broadway returned home to find the window in a back door had been smashed. Nothing was taken.

- At 38 Randolph Ave., another rear door window was broken out and nothing was taken, police said.

- A cellular telephone, valued at $100, was taken out of a car parked at Doubs Woods Park.

- A $279 camcorder and a Bible were reported stolen Tuesday from a 2000 Dodge Durango parked at 1716 Dual Highway, police said.

2 cars damaged

Pumpkins were the weapons of choice in the damaging of two cars in the 1900 block of Applewood Drive Sunday, according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

In one instance, a car window was broken. In the other, an $800 mirror was broken.

Other crimes reported to deputies included:

- Also on Sunday, an object was thrown through a car window on Roosevelt Avenue. Damage was $800, deputies said.

- A break-in Saturday in the 11500 block of Greensburg Road netted thieves $7,000 in jewelry, deputies said. No further details were available this morning.

- On Parkwood Drive Sunday, the window of a 1999 Nissan was broken out with damages estimated at $200.

Parking meters scattered

In recent weeks, seven parking meters in Williamsport have disappeared and Washington County Sheriff's deputies are on the case.

The missing meters, valued at $250 each, were scattered around town, deputies said.

Anyone with information about the meters or the thieves is asked to call 301-791-3020.

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